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The United States Merchant Marine offers the Marine PA (MPA) credential (MMC).  I was initially interested because it is basically an International credential so I have the potential to do volunteer work overseas or work on a ship or even a Hospital Ship.  The credential process took a few months and I was issued a red passport like credential listing my rating as a Marine Physician Assistant.  The Physician I work with was issued one as a Medical Doctor which is great because he is a DO.  DOs have issues with volunteerism outside of USA so this gave him a US Federally recognized credential as a Medical Doctor.  Another good aspect is, I don't have to maintain certification. The MMC is issued on the basis of holding the degree and not current licensure or certification.  A Marine PA is considered a Staff Officer so one must have US Citizenship to apply:

https://www.dco.uscg.mil/nmc/merchant_mariner_credential/

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/46/11.807

 

 

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Will be very interested to see if this enables overseas (or on-the-seas 🙂 ) volunteerism.

Nice work. Keep us posted!

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The fact is, my State issued license looks like a cracker jack box prize.  Scope of practice in foreign countries is the main issue but having a USMM Red colored passport like license looks more respectable and may open doors in countries that have critical shortages of qualified providers.  Here is a link to Mercy Ships: https://www.mercyships.org/who-we-are/our-ships/the-africa-mercy/

 At this point, the only thing I've done so far as a Merchant Marine, is conduct physical exams for credentialing.  Oh yeah, I was also able to buy a coke at a USCG base exchange in Puerto Rico. 😎

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